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    The Lord Jesus Christ, the Law and its Ordinances: For those who think like Caiaphas that although Jesus Christ “taught the eternity of God’s laws, and promises in the super-importance of the humanitarian over the ritual laws and doctrines, but I do not think he wished to abolish the latter (moral laws), or even the traditional laws (Ordinances), but merely to supersede them by a higher life,” kindly take judicial note. “The natural result of all this was that he disregarded the laws of Levitical cleanness, which were considered so important by the Shammanites and Essences, and also by the Hillelites. This is the point where divorce commenced, and the breach grew wider and wider until an insurrection must have been the result. He so far cut himself loose from the Jews that he ate with unclean sinners, publicans, and lepers, and permitted harlots to touch him, while his disciples went so far as to eat their meals without washing themselves (None observance of the Jewish rites of cleanliness). Furthermore, he looked upon the whole of the Levitical institutions, temple, sacrifices, and priesthood included, as no longer necessary and not worth the life of the animal. This was certainly the opinion of the Hillelites (or the Great Prophet Esdras and or Ezra’s adherers). Jesus, it seemed found in this Hillelites school a party furnished to hand, ready to take up with his heresy (and a large party they are, almost sufficient to divide the whole Jewish commonwealth.) They taught the repentance of sin, the practice of benevolence and charity, the education of and the good will toward mankind, as possessing such more moral worth than all the Levitical cleanness, or compliance with the whole moral law given to us by our God to govern us. His preaching was of the parabolical style. He would rely on a text of scripture, for he seemed to hold the scriptures in high veneration, so his preaching was on the Midrash style of the scribes – a maxim expressed in the style of Solon or Sirach’s son. (Sirach’s son is also known as Ezra or Esdras whose great works we shall shortly report).
    xvi. The High Priest’s Assessment of the Christ’s Teachings: Unambiguously, the High Priests Caiaphas rightly assessed that the Lord Jesus Christ’s intention of teaching the tenet of the New Covenant of Grace and we agree with him, is to totally destroy the Jewish theology concerning the Abrahamic Covenant and the Law of Moses. As he puts it, “His great object was to come as near the Jewish theology as possible so as to destroy the Jews entirely, and establish his Own (tenet of the New Covenant of Grace as against the Old Covenant of Promise!) ... Nevertheless, they were new to his class of hearers, who were not accustomed to listen to the wise. He had no education, comparatively speaking. He was full of nervous excitement, all of which went to inspire his hearers with enthusiasm. He took but little care of his health or person; cared not for his relatives (no wonder his brothers, especially James who later became the Apostle James and leader of the Jerusalem Christians, like Jason the younger brother to the High Priest Onias, saddled “The Awful Horror” on the Christendom!) He traveled mostly on foot in the company of his disciples ... This manner of preaching along with his presumption, aroused his enemies to a powerful pitch, and it was all I could do to keep the zealots from mobbing him in the temple. They had no confidence in a doctrine that set the Jewish laws at naught, and mocked the priesthood of God, and they with the Sadducees and scribes were not willing to submit to a man who acknowledged no authority higher than himself, and was seemingly endeavoring to overturn everything that they held more sacred and dearer than life.
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    xvii. The Communal Life Pattern of the Christ and His Disciples: That during the short spate of time the Lord Jesus Christ abided with the disciples and Apostles alike on the planet earth that he taught them to leave a very simple communal life where they all had things in common. That it is the teachings that eventually gave birth to the life the followers of the Christ lived with the Apostles at the early stage of the Christendom development. “Jesus’ mode and manner were well qualified to deceive the unsuspecting. ‘Let us have all things in common,’ said he, ‘and, he that would be greatest among you will prove his greatness by rendering the greatest service to all, and if any of the higher powers compel thee to go a mile, let him that is compelled go ten miles. This caused him to be attacked more in his policy than in his doctrine.
    xviii. The Jewish Expectation of the Messiah: “The great question with us Jews was here are the Romans upon us; how can we get rid of them? Jesus’ idea was to let the Romans alone; it matters not who rules and governs the nations; if they abuse you, love them in return, and they cannot be your enemies long; no man continues to abuse another who returns injuries with love. Keep from them; pray in secret for the return of the kingdom of heaven and God’s grace and this will soon make all things right. ‘Pay your taxes,’ he would say to them. ‘It is only Caesar’s money you pay, which is unlawful for you to have on account of its idolatrous effigies. Again, he would say to his hearers, ‘you cannot conquer the Romans; better convert them, and they are your enemies no longer. They already have your temple in their possession; their yoke is getting heavier every day, and the more you fight against them the more they will abuse you; therefore, your only chance is to love them, and try to make your yoke easy and your burden light by having them your friends. Indeed, the conduct of Jesus was so strange and incompatible with the interest of the Jews as a nation that it seemed to me that he was a subject employed by the Romans to keep the Jews submissive and obedient to all their tyranny and abuse.
    ixx. The Ecclesiastical Priests and the Christ: Like their Aaronic Priesthood counterparts, those in Leadership positions in the Christendom should kindly once again be well guided by the futile attacks the officiating priests made on the Son of God. The position is abundantly made clear by the Jewish High Priest, “This policy was most powerfully attacked by the officiating priest, by the Shammanites and Zealots, and in fact, the whole Jewish nation was becoming aroused to a war heat. The reprimands of Jesus were so severe against the rich and highly educated that they had turned against him, and brought all the power they had, both of their wealth and talent, so that I saw that a bloody insurrection was brewing fast. The public mind of the Jews was becoming more and more divided and corrupt; heretical doctrines were being diffused all over the land; the temple was forsaken and the holy sacrament neglected; the people were dividing into sects, and these breaches were like a rent in a garment – tearing wider apart continually. As it seemed to me, the whole of the Jewish theocracy was about to be blown away as a bubble on a breaker. As the Jews became more and more divided and confused, the tyranny of the Romans increased. All they wanted was an excuse to slaughter the Jews and confiscate their property. At this time, both the doctrine and religion of the Jews were spreading rapidly all over Rome, which gave the Romans great alarm. Sejane undertook to have an ordinance passed in the Senate, abolishing the Jewish religion from Rome. When he found it would cause an insurrection, they banished all the Jews from Rome, and back they came to Judea with all their idolatry and heresy, and many other corrupt principles from the Romans, which fitted them to join any party for profit. Up to this time, the Roman governors had shown great kindness to the Jews. There never was a better man than Hyrcan. The Jews enjoyed great peace during his administration. However, Tiberias has turned against us; Pilate removed the army from Caesarea to Jerusalem. I say no nation with any self-respect, or one that had any energy left, would or could stand it without a struggle.
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